RACING: Splitzer hopes for wet track at Grafton
WHILE most holiday makers are hoping for sunny skies, trainer Hunter Kilner wouldn't mind seeing a wet track in Grafton today for The Jackal Flying.
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Kilner has experienced horse Splitzer lining up in barrier seven, and hopes to turn things around from last start, where it ran a disappointing last.
"Race horses are a bit like that, they can be an inconsistent animal, so I can't really explain what happened there," Kilner said.
"I think he just must of had an off day, because until then he was running really well.
"He likes a wet track, so if we get a couple of inches of rain he will like that, but we will just see how he goes anyway."
Splitzer has placed three times in his last five starts since his last spell, but Kilner said he might be due for another spell soon.
"You've got to manage their spell lengths as they get a bit older, and Splitzer is a little bit like me, getting ready for the pension," he said.
"He will probably race on another preparation, but might have to have a spell soon, just have to take it one day at a time.
"It all depends on how he pulls up after each run, just play it one week at a time."
The seven-year-old bay gelding was under embargo after last start, but was worked in front of a vet Wednesday morning and given the all clear.
"The stewards just wanted him to have a vet certificate, but there's no problems or issues with that," Kilner said.
Matt Paget is back in the saddle for Splitzer, and Kilner said he is confident he can put in a good ride.
Kilner also has Punjab Rocket lining up in The Jackal Flying, who ran a good third last start, in Ballina in the same race as Splitzer, after a lengthy spell.
"Punjab Rocket likes the wet as well, so I'm hoping for the best and a bit of rain," he said.